New role for entrepreneur

Chris Hopkins Managing Director of Ploughcroft , one of the finalists in the EOY awards.
Chris Hopkins Managing Director of Ploughcroft , one of the finalists in the EOY awards.

ENTREPRENEUR and Dragon’s Den star Chris Hopkins has been selected to join the Green Construction Board as one of the representatives of the small and medium enterprise sector.

The managing director of Ploughcroft on Bradford Road, Brighouse, will represent the interests of SMEs, a sector that has a critical part to play in delivering the Government’s carbon reduction commitments through sustainable economic growth.

The board was formed to oversee delivery of the Government’s Low Carbon Action Plan and promote sustainable business opportunities and economic growth in the environmental sector.

It has been designed to provide strategic leadership on key issues and promote the UK’s excellence in green construction. Mr Hopkins said: “I was delighted to be appointed to the board. It is very important that the sector has a voice on such important issues as the Green Deal and the Low Carbon Action Plan.

“I am also looking forward to getting involved in having an influence on the training and skill sector, as the industry needs to encourage SMEs to up-skill in order to stimulate growth opportunities within renewable technology.”

He will work as part of the board’s knowledge and skills working group, based on his expertise in designing and delivering training courses within the renewables sector.

The Green Construction Board is co-chaired by Business Minister Mark Prisk MP and Chief Executive of Lend Lease, EMEA Dan Labbad. It aims to challenge the decision making processes on green technologies both in business and in Government, as well as looking to maximise the benefit of wider opportunities for growth within the renewable sector.

Mr Prisk said: “I am pleased to welcome Chris.

“The Board and its working groups are instrumental in taking forward the UK’s low carbon agenda, and Chris will bring further experience and insight that will help us achieve our green objectives.”